How to get rid of Easy Classifieds Tab?

Also Known As: hp.heasyclassifieds.co redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Easy Classifieds Tab browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Easy Classifieds Tab?

Easy Classifieds Tab is advertised as an app which provides quick access to various classifieds, users supposed to be able to access them directly from a new browser tab. However, after installation Easy Classifieds Tab changes browser's settings to promote hp.heasyclassifieds.co (or search.heasyclassifieds.co), an address of a fake search engine. Apps that operate this way are called browser hijackers. Typically, people do not download and install them on purpose, for this reason such apps are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Besides, most of them are designed to gather information about their users too.

hp.heasyclassifieds.co browser hijacker

Easy Classifieds Tab is designed to change settings such as default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. It changes them to hp.heasyclassifieds.co. The main purpose of these changes is to force users to visit hp.heasyclassifieds.co address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. Typically, users cannot undo any of these changes unless they uninstall the app that hijacked a browser. It is because most browser hijackers are designed to reassign their settings every time a user tries to modify, undo them. Hp.heasyclassifieds.co supposed to be a useful search engine, however, it is totally useless because it does not generate any unique search results. In other words, it provides results generated by Yahoo (it redirects users to search.yahoo.com). For this reason hp.heasyclassifieds.co is a fake search engine. Besides, both hp.heasyclassifieds.co and Easy Classifieds Tab are designed to collect various information. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries and other, possibly sensitive details. Typically, people who develop such apps (and fake search engines) share all collected information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that they might share it with cyber criminals as well. People who use browser hijackers and fake search engines risk to experience privacy, browsing safety issues or even become victims of identity theft. For these reasons we recommend to uninstall Easy Classifieds Tab or any other installed browser hijacker as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Easy Classifieds Tab
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Easy Classifieds Tab, Easy Classifieds
Supposed Functionality Easy Classifieds Tab supposed to provide quick access to various classifieds.
Promoted URL hp.heasyclassifieds.co, search.heasyclassifieds.co
Serving IP Address (hp.heasyclassifieds.co) 52.72.142.57
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There is a great number of browser hijackers on the Internet, a couple of other examples are Get Directions Now, Directions Maps Finder and Power App. As a rule, they are designed to change browser's settings/promote fake search engines and record details related to user's browsing habits. Besides, most of the times they are useless and cause various problems. It is not recommended to have any browser hijacker installed or use questionable, fake search engines.

How did Easy Classifieds Tab install on my computer?

Not many people download and install browser hijackers or other PUAs intentionally. In most cases they download and install them through intrusive ads that they willingly or accidentally click, or setups of other, usually free programs. Unwanted downloads or installation via deceptive ads happen when these ads run scripts that are designed to download or install some unwanted app. However, it happens only when people click them. In other cases PUAs get downloaded or installed together with other software. To be more precise, when they are included in various download or installation setups. Typically, information about additionally included apps can be found in setup's options like "Custom", "Advanced", etc. However, quite often people leave these settings unchanged and that is how PUAs get a permission to be downloaded and installed through setups of other programs that people download and install intentionally.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download or install software from unofficial pages, through third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients, etc.), and other tools/sources of this kind. Very often they are used to distribute various unwanted apps. The safest way to download programs and files is by using official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, quite often download or installation setups contain settings such as "Advanced", "Manual", "Custom", and so on. These settings often include offers to download or install additional applications. That is why it is important to check them and dismiss any offers that are related to additional downloads or installations. Also, it is not safe to click ads that are displayed on questionable websites (however, unreliable ads might appear on legitimate pages too). When clicked, they either redirect users to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, or installations. In order stop browsers from opening shady pages or displaying ads it is required to uninstall all unwanted or suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) that are installed on them. If that does not solve the problem, then it might be necessary to uninstall software of this kind that is installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with Easy Classifieds Tab, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Easy Classifieds Tab wants to access various data:

Easy Classifieds asking for a permission to access data

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Quick menu:

Easy Classifieds Tab browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

hp.heasyclassifieds.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Classifieds Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the hp.heasyclassifieds.co website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Easy Classifieds Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://hp.heasyclassifieds.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Easy Classifieds Tab".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hp.heasyclassifieds.co redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Easy Classifieds Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Classifieds Tab" (or simply "Easy Classifieds"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.hp.heasyclassifieds.co) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "hp.heasyclassifieds.co", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hp.heasyclassifieds.co redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Easy Classifieds", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Easy Classifieds", remove hxxp://hp.heasyclassifieds.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.heasyclassifieds.co from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with hp.heasyclassifieds.co redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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